Johns Pass Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Every year, there are thousands of pedestrian fatalities and hundreds of thousands of pedestrian injuries across the country. Texting drivers, speeders, drunk drivers, and tragically poor pedestrian infrastructure and traffic enforcement are the root causes of these deaths and catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, things are only getting worse for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users such as cyclists, as distracted driving and road rage are surging to never-before-seen levels in the wake of COVID and massive police retirements, which have resulted in a sense of entitled recklessness among drivers, and the growing certainty that they will not be caught for breaking the law. However, injured pedestrians have the right to demand significant damages by filing a personal injury claim. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, the Johns Pass pedestrian accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff is here to help seek compensation from the responsible party.
Vehicle Size and Other Injury-Determining Factors
According to research published in the US National Library of Medicine, the following characteristics of the vehicle and pedestrian collision determine the severity of injuries sustained by the victim:
- Vehicle speed
- Angle of impact of the vehicle when hitting the pedestrian
- Center of gravity of the pedestrian
- Body part of the pedestrian that first comes into contact with the vehicle
- Part of the vehicle the first comes into contact with the pedestrian
- Vehicle design
Taller vehicles, such as SUVs and pickup trucks, are more likely to seriously injure or kill a pedestrian, even at low speeds, due to the body contact point—usually above the hip. Shorter vehicles can strike a pedestrian at the same speed and result in serious leg fractures, but are less likely to cause a traumatic brain injury or torso/internal organ damage. However, if the vehicle’s speed is over 45 miles per hour, the chance of death is over 50 percent no matter the size of the vehicle.
Most Common Body Parts Damaged in Pedestrian Collisions: Head, Leg, and Pelvis Injuries
Any type of collision between a pedestrian and motor vehicle, regardless of speed or vehicle size, is likely to cause serious injuries. For adults, the most likely injuries include tibial plateau fractures and ligamentous damage to the knee (such as a torn ACL tendon), followed by pelvis fractures, other fractures within the leg, and traumatic brain injuries. For children, the most common injury is to the head and neck—traumatic brain injury and fractured vertebrae and spinal cord damage.
Call a Johns Pass Pedestrian Accident Lawyer at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff Today
Pedestrians are entitled to compensation for damages such as pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, loss of joy of life, emotional distress, property damage, and more. If the at-fault party’s insurance policy is too small to cover these damages, the pedestrian’s own uninsured or underinsured motorist policy can also be applied to help offset this deficiency. No matter your situation, our Johns Pass pedestrian injury attorney will do what it takes to secure the largest settlement possible. Call Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff today at 727-330-6502 to schedule a free consultation.